By Kyle James  |  11-02-2017   News
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The Black lives movement inspired by police killings of African Americans has been given the Sydney Peace Prize for Activism on Thursday. A giant room full of Australian citizens erupted with applause and chanted "Black Lives they matter here" when the leaders of the movement stepped forward to accept the award.

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Patrisse Cullors, Rodney Diverlus, and Dawn Modkins all rose to accept the award being cheered on all the way by the crowd in Sydney. The movement was recognized by the Sydney Peace Foundation, a body within the University of Sydney, "for building a powerful movement for racial equality, courageously reigniting a global conversation around state violence and racism." The award presentation Thursday marks a first for the University since the award has previously been given to individuals such as South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu and not a whole organization.

The social media hashtag that bears the same name as the group awarded in Sydney started when George Zimmerman was acquitted for fatally shooting an unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida back in 2013. Zimmerman was never convicted of the crime but a couple years later someone took a shot at him, that man was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/black-lives-matter-movement-awarded-sydney-peace-prize-activism-n816846

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